The vast expanses of the UNESCO Lower Saxony Wadden Sea Biosphere Reserve stretch along the North Sea coast and out to sea to a line just the other side of the East Frisian islands.
The unique ecosystem here is defined by the ebb and flow of the tides, with the area where land meets sea offering all kinds of habitat for many species of wildlife. Thousands of birds flock to the mudflats and salt marshes to find food, whilst common and grey seals bask on the sandbanks. Behind the dykes lies a cultural landscape shaped by man over the centuries, as revealed by the countless man-made hills, vast areas of reclaimed land, no end of water engineering systems, dykes spanning kilometres and herds of grazing sheep. Visitors can get to grips with the unique setting of the Wadden Sea by bike or on foot.